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Pirates of Drinax: The Torpol Cluster
Publisher: Mongoose
by Customer Name Withheld [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/18/2016 21:09:10

You had me at 'Gionetti'...!

Finally a PoD supplement that gets it all right-worthy art and fine color maps, planetary descriptions with enough depth and variety to expand nicely on existing PoD canon, and a twist or two of the unexpected-in this case a 30kton cruiser that although hobbled will be a game changer for those who brought Torpol into the Drinaxian fold, as my players did. Not since MJD's 'Arunisiir' supplement have I been this pleased with the author's work on the Drinax campaign and Trojan Reaches. I look forward to the next installment!



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Pirates of Drinax: The Torpol Cluster
Publisher: Mongoose
by Nick M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/16/2016 12:30:51

I'm using 'Pirates of Drinax' as a basis for a homebrew campaign so picked up The Torpol Cluster to use as additional inspiration, I won't be using the supplement as it stands since I'm modifying a considerable portion of the Drinax campaign.

That said this is a pretty good produce with a good deal of information on the 3 star systems that make up the Torpol cluster. For less than £5 its good value for money - though I'm not sure I'd pay the full price of £8.00 for it.

The illustrations within (epecially the system maps) are useful and the information is concise.

I also purchased the 'Pirates of Drinax Theev' supplement which is also pretty good. If other supplements come out to expand other star systems I'll probably get them as well



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Pirates of Drinax: The Torpol Cluster
Publisher: Mongoose
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 12/10/2016 11:19:06

Three worlds... yet of strategic importance to both the Aslan Hierate and the old Sindalian Empire, a nodal point in trade routes through the Tlaiowaha subsector linking the Wildeman Cluster and the Sindalian Main. This small cluster of worlds Jump-1 apart receives many visitors, from the Imperium and other places.

The Introduction provides background information on the cluster and its history. There's a note that these three worlds may be located somewhere else in your universe, but it seems better to leave them as intended, as they are well-embedded into their surroundings. There is a partial map of the Sindal and Tlaiowaha subsectors showing the cluster's location within the Trojan Reach sector and in relation to other nearby worlds, followed by detailed notes on each of the three worlds: Torpol, Clarke and Blue.

Torpol is possibly the pivotal world, as both Marduk (and thence the Sindalian Main), Asim and Drinax (linking to the Aslan Hierate) are but Jump-2 away from the Torpol system. A map shows the main trade routes linking through the cluster. Torpol is the only habitable world, with free water, in the system, but there are nine other rocky planets, a couple of asteroid belts and four gas giants in orbit around the sun. Both asteroid belts are home to miners and one of the rocky worlds - although cold and airless - is also inhabited. This planet, Traefar, has a fairly basic starport but an extensive settlement popular with spacers and it's reckoned to be a good place to find crew - or indeed, to find a berth if you are a spacer looking for work... although it is the sort of place that the Imperium raids every so often looking for criminals. Torpol itself is a waterworld but with a sophisticated (and expensive) highport, when no nonsense is tolerated. Down on the planetary surface there are plenty of places where a tourist and his money can be parted in reasonable safety.

The next system to be discussed is Clarke. It's a rather gloomy place, home to a strange religion. The system has two asteroid belts, seven rocky planets and a remote companion star that generally gets ignored. The Clarke Highport is as well-equipped as Torpol's, but has a more functional air. The religion is concerned with death and the guidance of dead souls, their bodies being encased in carbon blocks which are used as building materials.

Finally, the Blue system has twelve rocky planets and two gas giants - and a bunch of Imperium ships hanging around, nobody's quite sure why... it may have something to do with Aslan settlements on a few of the planets or the Bulhai Freeport, in orbit around one of the gas giants (also called Bulhai). This Freeport is run as a legitimate place of business, not a pirate haven, but it's certainly possible to get things you cannot get elsewhere. The people of Blue itself are interested in art and religion, topics they will debate endlessly.

This work presents three interesting systems to visit in your travels, with atmospheric descriptions that help to paint the picture of what the party will find there.



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